Socialists cry ‘power to the people’ and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know they really mean power over people. Power to the state.
Social doctors … ignore all the effects on other members of society than the ones they have in view.
To lift one man up we push another down … trampling on those who are trying to help themselves.
The workingman needs no improvement in his condition except to be freed from the parasites who are living on him.
Nearly all the schemes for ‘improving the condition of the working man’ involve an elevation of some working men at the expense of other working men.
The forgotten man is weighted down with the cost and burden of the schemes for making everyone happy … take some of the burdens off him … It will only be justice for him, and society will greatly gain by it.
If you learn to look for the forgotten man and to care for him, you will be very skeptical toward all the philanthropic and humanitarian schemes.
What the forgotten man needs, therefore, is that we come to a clearer understanding of liberty … Every step which we win in liberty will set the forgotten man free from some of his burdens and allow him to use his powers for himself.
There are two methods, or means, and only two, whereby man’s needs and desires can be satisfied. One is the production and exchange of wealth; this is the economic means. The other is the uncompensated appropriation of wealth produced by others; this is the political means.
The whole political vision of the left, including socialism and communism, has failed by virtually every empirical test, in countries all around the world. But this has only led leftists intellectuals to evade and denigrate empirical evidence.